Adapted from Tone Every Inch
Ah, it hurts so good (just keep telling yourself that). While sharp or shooting pain usually signals an injury worth listening to, feeling more general body soreness a day or two after a tough workout is perfectly healthy. Here’s how getting stronger works: When you push your body to do something it’s not used to, like use an 8-pound dumb-bell for an arm exercise you used to do with a 5-pounder, the extra push actually damages your muscle, creating little microtears.
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But don’t worry—that’s not a bad thing. The healing process that follows is what leaves your muscle stronger and more toned than when you began. Unfortunately, nothing but time can heal those soreness-inducing tears, but there are some things you can do to feel better in the meantime.